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Real Talk with Real Moms || Birth Stories

This seemed like a fitting topic this month with what we are about to celebrate this weekend and yet I almost skipped writing about it. Parker’s birth is something that I never went super deep into here. I tend to keep things positive and upbeat around here and, well, this story, isn’t really that, but I do feel like there might just be someone out there who can relate, so with that, here is Parker’s birth story.  We all hope for pain-free and fancy-food-filled births as easy as Chrissy Tiegen’s, but that’s …

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Behind The Scenes of A Shoot Day

It’s so hard to believe that it’s been six months since we packed up our LA bungalow and headed to Texas. Most of you already know that we are living in Georgetown with my parents right now while we build our house in Austin. It’s a 40 minute drive from downtown Austin, but feels worlds different than when we were working from LA or even from our Austin studio that we shoot at a lot. Last week we shot some organization posts for January at my parent’s place in Georgetown and some cocktail posts for holiday and were …

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DIY Bubble Bath Gift Box

This DIY Bubble Bath Gift Box costs less than $30 and is perfect for just about everyone on your gifting list! Great for birthdays, Mother’s Day, Christmas or any time! Can I get a collective TGIF out there?! So excited for the weekend and so excited for this holiday season.  As if the fact that I birthed her from my body wasn’t proof enough of kinship, we were on our way to school one day this week and Parker said out of the blue, “Mama, Christmas music makes me so happy!”.  Me too, sister, me too. Our to-do list …

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The Only Gift Guide You Need This Holiday

Is it just me or do the stores open earlier and earlier every year?!  Confession Time: I can’t remember the last time I went to a black Friday sale.  I actually loathe shopping with crowds, so online shopping is way more my jam!  This gift guide post is actually one of my favorite, favorite, favorite posts that I put together all year!  Last year was the first time that I decided to consolidate all of our gift guides into one mega gift guide post.  It takes forever, yes, but it’s so nice to be able to reference this one post …

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